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Here is some of the latest news, notes and rumors that are floating around the Yankees blogosphere over the past week:

Yanks bring aboard Segovia as a non-roster invitee. “The Yankees have invited righty reliever Zack Segovia to Spring Training as a non-roster player.”

First Karstens. Then Jackson. Now Claggett. A few days ago Anthony Claggett was designated for assignment from the Pirates

According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, the Yankees “went after [John] Smoltz hard before they acquired Javier Vazquez.”

The New York Mets are among the teams interested in Chien-Ming Wang. “The Mets are among 15 teams with interest in Wang, according to Alan Nero, who along with Alan Chang represents the former Yankee.”

The guys over at RAB debate whether Derek Jeter can aim his hits

Alex Rodriguez was in New York the other day to receive the Babe Ruth Award from the New York Chapter of the BBWAA.

ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that the Yankees never made an offer to Jerry Hairston Jr.

“New Era Japan have just released their new 8 panel BB cap collection – a throwback style wool cap in New York Yankees and Boston Red Socks options. These are good.” -Via HighSnobiety

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To start off a short work week, for some people, here are some Yankees News and Notes to take in…

  • The Yankees avoid arbitration with Chad Gaudin and Boone Logan. Gaudin will make $2.95 million and if he reaches an undisclosed innings mark, he will make $175k more. Logan will make $590k.
  • Yankees will wear this hat for batting practice at home and this one on the road. Personally, I still like this one.
  • According to Buster Olney, the Yankees never made an offer to Jerry Hairston, Jr.
  • The Cardinals have done their ‘due diligence‘ and checked in on the condition of Chien-Ming Wang. If picked up by the Cardinals, he should do well under Dave Duncan.
  • If you want to go the Baseball Writers Association of America’s annual dinner on Saturday, tickets are still available for $225. On the guest list is Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Zack Greinke, Andre Dawson and many more.
  • Seats from Yankees Stadium II are selling at a higher price than seats from Shea Stadium ($1,499 to $869) and have out sold Shea seats 15,000 to 10,311 as well.
  • Take a look at your calenders and take solace in the fact that pitchers and catchers report in 31 days.

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Not too long ago, it was reported that the Yankees were one of five teams interested in bringing in Jerry Hairston, Jr. Today, Ken Rosenthal has tweeted that Hairston is going to San Diego and that he was expected to get more than $2 million in the deal. To say the least, I am a little bit disappointed in the Yankees. If they were truly interested in him, they should have moved on him. However, if he was above what they were willing to spend, to an extent, I can buy that. Also, Jerry might have been more drawn to playing with his younger brother, Scott, in San Diego. Either way, another Yankees option has been taken off the table. Long live Jamie Hoffmann and Ramiro Pena!

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How can anyone question whether the Yankees or better or not? Some are debating the topic, and I’m looking to settle the argument.

Gone: Hideki Matsui, Chien-Ming Wang, Jerry Hairston Jr., Brian Bruney, Austin Jackson, Melky Cabrera, Phil Coke, Shelley Duncan, Eric Hinske, Mike Dunn, Arodys Vizcaino

Newcomers: Curtis Granderson, Javier Vazquez, Nick Johnson, Boone Logan, Jamie Hoffman, Reid Gorecki, Royce Ring, and David Winfree

Still up in the air: Johnny Damon

Let’s do a quick overview:

The Goners

  • If Matsui didn’t have the postseason he had, nobody would be crying if he left us. You have to judge him based on his regular season. He was nothing spectacular during the regular season, and he locks up the DH spot since he can’t play the field at all with his knee problems. This is coming from a fan of his. He is one of those players you respect in the game, but you need to know when to cut your ties.
  • Chien-Ming Wang fell off the charts dramatically. The guy has thrown only 137 innings over the past two years. He went (W-L) 1-6 with a 9.64ERA last season. What makes you think he can pitch right now? He was a 19-game winner. Not anymore.
  • Hairston, Bruney, Cabrera, Coke, Duncan and Dunn will not be missed. As for Hinske..we could use him, but he’s not a major loss.

The Newcomers

  • Curtis Granderson is taking over centerfield. He brings another power bat to the lineup, more speed, and serves as a defensive upgrade in the outfield.
  • Javier Vazquez will take the 4th slot in the rotation. He didn’t fair so well with the Yanks his first time around, but can you give him another chance? This guy could be an ace on many major league ball clubs. Power pitchers are key in the playoffs…just remember that.
  • Nick Johnson walked 17.8% of the time in ’09, which was the highest percentage in the major leagues. His .426 on base percentage was second-best in the league to Albert Pujols. Enough said? Don’t give me that..”Oh..he’s going to get injured.” You never know how the season will go. You can’t predict injuries. How did A.J. Burnett do last season?
  • The club also brought in a young bunch of players: Boone Logan, Jamie Hoffman, Reid Gorecki, Royce Ring, and David Winfree. Hoffman will compete for an outfield spot come Spring Training.

and those still up in the air

  • Johnny Damon is still undecided where he is going to play next season. His options are running out, and there is still a chance he can return to the Yankees. Let’s wait and see what happens.

This off-season, the Yankees basically got rid of players that were over the hill, had injury problems, weren’t anything special at the major league level, and some prospects that haven’t proven a damn thing. Instead, they brought in an all-star center fielder, a pitcher that could be an ace on many ball clubs and a DH that finished behind Pujols in OBP last year. This team should be stronger than last year’s. I am well aware that things don’t always work out, but this team is clearly better on paper. Now, let’s see if they can do it on the field.

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post finds that Johnny Damon returning to the Bronx is unlikely, because the Yankees  are telling agents they have only $2M to spend.  Cashman would have to lobby Hal Steinbrenner to expand the budget to bring back Damon. Supposedly, when they were targeting Mike Cameron back in July, Hal Steinbrenner would not approve a $5.5MM increase. Damon would have to cut his salary demands by a lot, and that is unlikely. If this report is correct, $2M isn’t going to get you anything noteworthy on this FA market.

If they move on from Damon, the team’s next targets are: Xavier Nady, Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Marcus Thames.

According to Chris Haft of MLB.com, the “signing of first baseman Aubrey Huff likely finishes the Giants’ offseason efforts to upgrade the ballclub.” So, that means no Damon for the Giants? Isn’t this guy running out of options?

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The Jeter marriage thing is bogus? Craig Calcaterra reports that the whole Derek-Jeter-getting-married thing is baloney. The story: it’s Derek Jeter’s sister Sharlee Jeter. SI.com’s Jimmy Traina says he heard some details of the wedding a few weeks back and that the NY Post report is accurate. So are they getting married or aren’t they?

Yanks interested in bringing back Jerry Hairston Jr. “Five teams have expressed interest in Jerry Hairston Jr., according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com (via Twitter).Hairston would likely receive a $2-3MM salary on a one-year deal.”

The Wanger: “In the same report, Chien-Ming Wang has told friends he is ready to move on from the Yankees. He has visited Dr. James Andrews for an exam on his right shoulder and could join a major-league rotation by May.”

ESPN.com’s Buster Olneyaddresses the persistent rumors about a potential reunion for Johnny Damon and the Yankees. Olney says that a few executives around the league “are absolutely convinced” that Damon will end up in the Bronx, but that it would require Damon significantly lowering his asking price and initiating contact with the Yanks.”

The Cincinnati Reds sign Aroldis Chapman for five years, $30M. We all knew the Yankees were out of it for a while, so we didn’t get our hopes up.

Teixeira among Legacy Award honorees NLBM’s Legacy Awards given Jan. 30. Josh Gibson Award to AL, NL HR leaders: Carlos Pena, Rays, and Mark Teixeira, Yanks (tie); Pujols

Mike Silva looks to cmpare the 2010 Yankees and Red Sox rotations.

River Ave. Blues talks about what role Alfredo Aceves will have this upcoming season.

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Brett Gardner is good, but isn’t he more valuable coming off the bench? To be honest, when he first came up I thought that he could be a decent outfielder. It turns out it doesn’t look like he can make it as an everyday player on this club.

We heard that Damon came down from his thought of a three- or four-year deal. Johnny offered to return for two years at $20 million. The Yankees countered at $14 million, and nothing happened after that. He probably wants to stay in New York, but obviously money means more to him then winning.

Supposedly, Xavier Nady’s price “is above the Yankees’ current budget.” The Yanks also don’t appear to be a primary suitor for Jermaine Dye, according to Jon Heyman. DeRosa (Giants), Holliday (Cardinals), Bay (Mets), Kearns (Indians) are all off the board. David DeJesus, Ryan Church, Scott Podsednik, Travis Buck, Reed Johnson, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Johnny Damon are still available. It just seems like the Yankees aren’t budging on this “we have a budget” idea.

Update: 1:30PM ET: MLB Trade Rumors: “Heyman believes the Yankees would not go beyond one year and $6MM to re-sign Johnny Damon.  On MLB Home Plate Boras said Damon “would just have to move forward,” while not faulting the Yankees for sticking to a budget.  Heyman suggests four alternatives for Damon: the Giants, Mariners, Braves, and Angels”

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Andy Pettitte

Andy Pettitte wasn’t very good today. He lasted only 4.1 innings, giving up 5 runs (3 earned) and walked four batters. His pitching line was: L, 4.1IP 6H 5R 3ER 4BB 1K. Andy picked up his 8th loss, as his record moves to (14-8) on the season. Alfredo Aceves tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball in relief. Chad Gaudin pitched the last 1.1 innings of the game with no trouble at all.

The Yankees weren’t very productive at the plate either. The knocked in 3 runs on 9 hits.

Brett Gardner went 1-for-4, with a run, a walk, and 2 stolen bases. Damon, Teixeira, and Hairston all had a hit on the game along with an RBI. (more…)

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